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14 May 2015This note summarises proposals for devolution of powers to local authorities made in a number of reports during 2014 and 2015.
14 May 2015Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
14 May 2015This briefing paper summarises the role and powers of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.
14 May 2015This note gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals in the Silk Commission to devolve further powers.
14 May 2015This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
14 May 2015Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance is a benefit for unemployed people with a sufficient record of National Insurance contributions. It is not means-tested as such, but the amount of contribution-based JSA payable is reduced on a pound for pound basis by any regular income the claimant receives from an occupational or private pension in excess of 50 a week.
14 May 2015Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit of 65 for new claims. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.
14 May 2015Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the "overlapping benefits" rule. This note looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the positions of both the 2010 Government and the previous Labour Government on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over State Pension Age.
14 May 2015Compared to other advanced economies the UK is forecast to have greater than average government borrowing, structural borrowing and net debt as a % of GDP in 2015. Its gross debt is forecast to be below the average for advanced economies as a % of GDP. This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2008 to 2020.
14 May 2015The nuclear negotiations with Iran took a big step forward with the announcement of a framework for a full agreement, to be signed by the end of June 2015. Will they make it across the finishing line?
14 May 2015Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
14 May 2015Carers Allowance formerly Invalid Care Allowance is a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled.
13 May 2015The use of PFI contracts is controversial. This note considers the arguments for the costs and benefits of PFI, as well as looking at changes to PFI under the coalition government.
13 May 2015GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
13 May 2015This Note outlines exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act relating to the Royal Family.
13 May 2015Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors and manufacturing and service sectors.
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